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Sewing1535 of 1635"Golden Gate Exposition - San Francisco 1940"  Featherweight 221Possibly a fisherman/sailmakers sewing kit,been in family for 120+ years
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Posted 7 years ago


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The Singer "Featherwieght" 221 was introduced at the "Century of Progress" World's Fair held in Chicago in 1933-1934. Machines sold at the fair were "Badged" with a special badge as seen in the photo. This particular "Featherweight" was manufactured during the first production run. Its serial number was assigned Oct. 3rd, 1933. It has its original case (Style #1 - notice the brass locking tabs), attachments, foot controller, owner's manual, and keys.
This special variation is considered by many "Featherweight" Collector's to be the "Holy Grail" in their collections - it is in ours!
Pictured also, is a tea pot/ tea ball and needle case from the fair.


  1. Wooster123, 7 years ago
    Some day I'll find mine. Three times I've come close...but not quite close enough. :( Yours is a total beauty!
  2. Candace, 7 years ago
    How does one determine the value of one of these red badge featherweights?
  3. j.C., 7 years ago
    Value of anything is determined by supply & demand. Condition being paramount.
    There are many variations and generations of Featherweights. Some rarely if ever seen. The "Century of Progress" 221 pictured is one of those. And in a 1st generation case - makes it even more valuable.
    Thanks for the question.
  4. Sanna, 7 years ago
    Does anyone happen to know the 5 years brass keys were available for the Singer Featherweight 221?
  5. J.C. Elliott, 7 years ago
    The keys referred to as "brass" were silver colored vs brass. The latches & hinges of the cases for the AD series 221's were made of brass. You can find these cases known as Type 1 & 2 with machines made in Late 193 to Early 1935. Pictures of the keys can be found at the website sponsored by Leo Kujat.

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